American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resembling a lion; lion-like: as, leonine fierceness or rapacity.
- In prosody, consisting of metrical Latin hexameters or elegiacs (alternate hexameters and pentameters), in which the final word rimes with the word immediately preceding the cesural pause or the middle of the line. The correspondence of sound between the terminations of the two halves of the pentameter is frequently imperfect, affecting unaccented syllables only, so as not to amount to a perfect rime. Leonine verses were extensively used in the middle ages, even as early as the eighth century. The following Latin version of “The devil was sick,” etc., is a leonine elegiac couplet:
- Pertaining to a person named Leo, particularly to several popes of that name; more specifically, of or pertaining to Leo I., the Great (pope from 440 to 461), who is said to have added certain words to the Roman canon of the mass, and whom some have even, without good reason, described as the author of the Roman liturgy. A Roman sacramentary extant in a manuscript assigned to the eighth century is known as the Leonine Sacramentary.
- n. A coin illegally imported into England by foreign merchants in the reign of Edward I. It was made of silver, alloyed, and was intended to circulate with the silver pennies then legally current. Probably so called because its obverse type was a lion.
- n. plural Leonine verse.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion
- adj. of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
- Latin leōnīnus 'of a lion; lion-like'. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French leonin, from Latin leōnīnus, from leō, leōn-, lion; see lion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The state increasingly becomes a tool to protect “wage contracts” which are increasingly leonine, that is, based on inequality.”
“A programme that posits the notion of leonine alpha-male big beasts of the suburban conservatory sharing tobacco-smooth post-snifter badinage - not even behind a desk, but right out in front on the crotch-fanning plinth of the low-slung sofa - suddenly became noticeably stiff‑backed and taut, its banter infused with fresh levels of glazed menace.”
“Here he is, a debut author, lounging around Paris cafés and smirking at the hordes of "leonine" Hemingway poseurs.”
“The ANC could perhaps have said - as even Mahatma Gandhi wrote from jail in 1942 - that it could not condemn, without full information, people who were provoked to violence by the "leonine" violence of the regime when their leaders were confined and exiled.”
“Sketches of G. K.'s personal appearance abound, and if occasionally they contradict one another in detail they yet contrive to convey a vivid and fairly truthful impression of the "leonine" head, the bulky form, the gestures and mannerisms.”
“Nietzsche in Germany puts it forth as a philosophic principle that humanity exists not for the democratic purpose of securing the highest development of all, but for the aristocratic purpose of producing a race of supermen, an elite of strong, forceful, "leonine" beings.”
“The image of Theseus is accompanied by a legend in the "leonine" rhythm: --”
“He was tall and lean, his brown hair long and his face leonine.”
“She plays him from the inside out, revealing his interior struggles while making fully incarnate his exterior -- the irony, sarcasm, ecstatic beauty, paradox, and the leonine raging against an incipient silence.”
“The diseased palazzos, with their flaking waterfront facades, leonine doorknockers and rusting, shackled iron pylons, are from a bygone era at odds with modernity.”
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